Every year, 2 million children die of diseases - like diarrhea and pneumonia - that can be prevented by regular hand washing. Soap, the most basic form of medicine, unfortunately isn’t available to many of the world’s poorest.
Soap with a mission. Sundara recycles old hotel soap into new bars, giving them a second life. We hire local women to do this work, lifting them from poverty with fair wage livelihoods, and they distribute the soap to their communities while providing free hygiene education classes for vulnerable populations.
Erin Zaikis is the Founder of Sundara. Raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she graduated from the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy. Erin has lived in India, Thailand, Israel and the Bay Area before making New York her home. Erin founded Sundara to improve access to soap and hygiene awareness in some of the poorest communities in the world. Additionally, Sundara's soap recycling workshops provide sustainable employment opportunities for women in communities with little to no steady employment opportunities. Sundara empowers women, families and communities through sustainable employment and improve hygiene.